Here at zai, we are passionate golfers. To find out more about the fascination golf from the view of a golf coach, Benedikt Germanier and Matthias Keller cellar – PGA professional and instructor – met at the golf club Bad Ragaz on a radiant sunny day with the Swiss alpine panorama as a backdrop.
Dear Matthias, tell me… why did you become a golf pro?
I started playing golf as a young teenager. As one of the ball sports, I was fascinated right from the start. At that time, I was 12 years old. After the matriculation and after my military service, I started the training in Baden-Baden right away.
That was a while ago though!
Yes, that was 1994 – this year, I received the 25-year PGA medal.
Where does your fascination come from?
Golf is the fascination interaction between movement and ball. That’s a massive challenge for golf players. To hit the ball correctly, it needs many different elements. To master these challenges, it was necessary to learn more about it. And a professional training was for me the logical consequence.
What do you enjoy about teaching?
The personal contact, and to help people – we have no idea how important golf is for many people. I can support them.
How does this work? What does it take to help people?
I have a very good look at people. What do these people want, what do they want to improve, what is the issue. When people come, I have already a good idea of the type of person. Quite a few things come to my mind. But I want to get a more accurate picture of the physical, golf-specific situation. I am working with a method to test the physique which is called TPI (Titleist Performance Institute).
Video analyses are, however, just as important as modern Flight Scope/Track Man analyses to understand everything that happens at the moment of impact. What could be the problem for having a sub-optimal swing. Does someone have the wrong idea in his head? Are there any physical limitations?
These discussions are not only fun for me but also the people coming to me for advice. Golf is therefore not just frustration. ; -) It has to do with movement experiences, moments of success and “eye-openers” and self-awareness. We humans enjoy learning – those are values giving one satisfaction.
How do these teaching and learning processes work?
On the one hand, people come for regular lessons, and sometimes, they come with an acute swing problem. Corrections should be meaningful in terms of a medium and long-term perspective to maximise your own potential. This autumn, I have planned multi-day courses in Bulgaria and Portugal. We will play together, and I learn more about the play of the students. The group size is between 6 and 10 players. I accompany the flights and coach them. I observe again and again that the people get a huge boost out of that. Those days help to experience and anchor new movements. And to train in the group is simply fun – and that is perfect the learning environment!
zai’ s Benedikt spoke with Matthias Keller, Golfclub Kiawah (Hessen, near Darmstadt). .